i agree. you dont have to talking about bussing guns and selling crack to be street. not everybody in the hood is a hustla. i think alot of people listen to "gangsta" or "street" rap because for many its a fantasy about a lifestyle they will never live...sorta like watching an action movie. IMO the street shit is cool if its incoperated with clever wordplay and skills the way cats like Jay, Nas, Big, Pun and Kiss do it because at the end of the day emceeing still and artform. Lupe may not have that grit to his music but it doesnt means he's not a dope lyrisist, thats just not his style.
Great post. Let's all not forget what hip hop is, and that is an art form. I would say that rap has transended into some different things over the years which is cool, but I think some people lose track of what hip hop used to mean and now a majority of listeners are just stuck on "dope beats." A good beat is nice, but without some great lyrical word play, the song is nothing more than a beat with words. Lupe, in my mind is a good lyricist, he raps about his life and aspects of the street but without it sounding like he is forcing his views upon you.
In my opinion, listening to a 50 record is like listening to a gospel of gangster (not in a good way). It's almost like his street views and "thug life" are being pressed upon you and you either dig it or you don't, I for one don't.
Lupe on the other hand has a very playful word play and puts his tracks together nicely. I have to admit I was kind of detered from Lupe from his first single "kick push." I just wasn't feeling the whole song, but after hearing his album and some of the mixtape joints, I am really impressed.